TROY, NY - The Tri-City ValleyCats have announced which bobbleheads they will be giving away during their 2017 All-Star Season, and the first will take place on July 18, "Dark Tuesday: Track Night," as the 'Cats pay tribute to the nation's leading horse trainer, Eclipse Award Winner and Mechanicville native Chad Brown.
The second bobblehead giveaway will take place on Monday, July 31, "Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night," which will recognize Ron Guidry's famous rehab start for the Albany-Colonie Yankees on July 23, 1986.
Also known as 'Louisiana Lightning,' ® Guidry played his entire 14-year career with the New York Yankees, was a four-time All-Star ('78 - '79, '82 - '83), two-time World Series champion ('77 - '78), AL Cy Young Award winner ('78), and five-time Gold Glove Award winner ('82 - '86).
On July 23, 1986, Ron Guidry made a rehab start at Heritage Park in Colonie, where over 14,000 spectators came to witness. With a stadium capacity of 8,000, fans stood wherever they could, even being allowed to stand on the warning track of the field itself.
Chad Brown, born and raised in Mechanicville, NY, has quickly ascended to the top of the thoroughbred horse trainer rankings, capturing the 2016 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.
A graduate of Mechanicville High School and Cornell University, Brown won his first horse race at Saratoga Race Course in 2008. This past summer, eight years later, he broke the track record with 40 winners. Brown has now saddled over 1,000 winning horses, including eight Breeder's Cup winners, and has amassed over $95 million in career earnings.
Individual tickets for the 2017 season won't go on sale until April 3, but fans can guarantee themselves a bobblehead through the purchase of a Heritage Series or Uncle Sam Mini Plan package. Both include tickets to six of the ValleyCats best games of the season, with the Uncle Sam Plan coming with the July 18 game, and the Heritage Plan the July 31 game.
For more information, visit the ValleyCats mini plans page, or call 518-629-CATS. Opening Day for the ValleyCats 2017 season is set for Wednesday, June 21 vs. the Lowell Spinners.
('Louisiana Lightning'® is a Registered Trademark of Ron Guidry.)
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